Major flooding expected to continue into Wednesday

The Mississippi River's latest flood crest of 25.81 feet is high enough to claim a spot on the top 10 list of historic crests that have been seen in Hannibal.

The crest of 25.81 feet is good for number seven on the all-time list, edging out 25.53 feet that was recorded on June 1, 2013. Sixth on the historic flood list is 26.68 feet that was seen on July 8, 2014.

Number one on the all-time flood crest list in Hannibal is 31.80 feet that occurred on July 15, 1993.

The 25.81 crest occurred at 5:45 p.m. on Sunday, March 31. The river did not stay at that level very long before it started to quickly recede. As of midafternoon Monday the Mississippi River had already dropped 0.7 of a foot since Sunday's crest.

Major flooding begins in Hannibal when the river reaches 24 feet. That occurred at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday, March 30. The river is currently forecast to drop below 24 feet early Wednesday afternoon.

The Mississippi River is expected to remain at moderate flood stage – between 22 feet and 24 feet – through at least Sunday, April 14.

Sunday's crest was the second of note during the month of March. On March 26 the river reached a crest of 23.65 feet at 5 a.m. That level is good for number 16 all-time, falling behind a crest of 23.67 feet on June 28, 2015.

The river may not yet be done. More precipitation is predicted in Northeast Missouri and to the north on midweek.



danny.henley@courierpost.com